Putting on a “glourious” impromptu show for screaming fans, Quentin Tarantino and Mélanie Laurent — his latest muse — cut some serious dance moves on the red carpet in Cannes Wednesday for the premiere of the much-hyped “Inglourious Basterds.”
Even the decidedly mixed reviews for the film couldn’t distract from the main act: Brad Pitt (wearing a Tom Ford evening ensemble and who now goes by the flattering moniker “the main Basterd” after his character in the movie) and Angelina Jolie, who wore a sensual tea rose chiffon Atelier Versace dress that showcased her shoulder tattoos.
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Diane Kruger channeled her glamorous German movie star-cum-double agent role in a cowl-back, silver-embroidered Marchesa gown, while Laurent, who plays a vengeful young Jewish woman, pulled off an ivory Yves Saint Laurent le smoking.
“None of us have seen the film yet. Quentin’s kept it under wraps, so it’s really nice for us all to see it together tonight,” said Pitt, who plays a bloodthirsty Nazi hunter, at a press conference earlier in the day, where he looked at ease in a different Tom Ford suit. “You know, we wrapped it three months ago and we shot our respective parts and, suddenly, here we are.”
Part homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of Italian director Sergio Leone, the almost three-hour World War II epic is the typical Tarantino blend of blood-and-guts scenes with comedy and multiple cinematic references. Star performances among the international ensemble — all speaking in their mother tongues — include Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who stars as a witty yet evil Nazi officer, and Daniel Brühl, who plays a soldier turned movie star.
“I am not an American filmmaker; I make movies for the planet,” said Tarantino.
Perhaps why the whole world, it seemed, wanted to rub shoulders with the cast at the film’s after party, sponsored by Belstaff, The Weinstein Company and Universal, held at Baoli Beach.